On January 25th 2022 we'll see a much anticipated rematch as Gakuya Furuhashi looks to defend his Japanese Super Bantamweight title against the man he won the title from, Yusaku Kuga. Given how amazing their first bout was we can't help but think this will be something really, really special, and brutally violent. Sadly the poster does feel somewhat under-whelming, and probably should just have been a photo from their first bout, which was likr a real Rocky movie.
On New Year's Eve we'll see WBO Super Flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka defending his title against Ryoji Fukunaga. The poster of the bout looks already but to be honest it seems underwhelming for what is set to be the last major bout of 2021, and one of the events we get to enjoy before ending what has been a hugely frustrating year. It features the two fights, it looks well put together, but just lacks that touch of magic we were hoping to see.
On January 11th Japanese fight fans at Korakuen Hall will get their first boxing event of 2022 as Katsuki Mori and Kai Ishizawa face off for the vacant Japanese Minimumweight title. The match up is an excellent one, putting one of the most dangerous 105lb'ders on the planet against of the most promising young prospects in the division. A really interesting match up and one that, rightfully, get a pretty solid poster for a good domestic show.
We get the last Japanese show of 2021 on December 20th as Kaneko Gym put on their next show under the Golden Child Boxing banner. The poster is really dominated by a single image of the biggest name on the show, Charlie Shinobu Hosokawa, who is in the main event. Whilst there is stuff to like about the poster, we're not huge fans of posters like this, unless the fighter in the poster is a massive star, and Hosokawa isn't that.
On December 19th fight fans in Tokyo will get he chance to see the 78th East Japan Rookie of the Year final. The poster for the event is a simple one, with the fighters from the 12 bouts on it along with the details of their bout. This simple but yet elegant, functional and it works. For a show like this this is a fantastic poster, even if it's not an artistically interesting one. It's functional and sometimes that's what we need in a poster.
This coming weekend Firuza Sharipova will get the biggest bout of her career, as she takes on undisputed female Lightweight queen Katie Taylor. The bout, set to be aired on DAZN, is expected to be a complete and utter mismatch, with Taylor expected to dominated the Kazakh challenger. Sadly the poster for the bout doesn't do much for us. The fighters are both on the poster, which is okay, but there's no drama there and nothing to entice a viewer to watch. It feels very much like a stale poster, which is a shame as Taylor deserves so much better than posters this uninspired.
Boxing posters should really make people sit up and take notice of a fight, try and grab the attention of those that see it, and pull the viewer into watching a show. Sadly the poster for the upcoming WBA Light Heavyweight "Super" title bout, between Dmitry Bivol and Umar Salamov fails to do that. The poster is just incredibly boring, and were it not for the Russian text, including the fighters names, there would be nothing of interest at all here. The plain black background does nothing to entice eyes, and the fighters being in monochrome also doesn't help things. Come on folks, make posters interesting!
n December 11th PBC will be putting on their next show, headlined by a WBC Bantamweight world title fight, as Filipino icon Nonito Donaire defends his title against mandatory challenger Reymart Gaballo. Sadly the poster for the bout is as about plain and simple as it gets. There's nothing other than their names and image, and faces. As a rare all-Filipino world title bout, between two hard hitting fighters, who are essentially in different eras of Filipino boxing, this poster feels incredibly underwhelming, and like a huge missed opportunity to do something creative and exciting. A real dull effort.
On December 11th we'll see what Probellum can do as a promotional power house as they put on a world title double header in Dubai, with Sunny Edwards defending the IBF Flyweight title against Jayson Mama and John Riel Casimero defending his WBO Bantamweight title against Paul Butler, in two Philippines Vs UK bouts. The poster for the show really sells the cards on those two bouts, which seem like they both heavily favour the defending champions. The poster features the 4 main men along with an image of the Dubai Skyline, in a nice design, but something similar to what we've seen used quite a bit in recent years.
On December 19th we'll see WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight champion Ryosuke Nishida seek his first defense as he headlines a Mutoh Gym event at the Sumiyoshi Ward center. The poster for the event sells it hard on Nishida, who won the title earlier this year with a big upset win over Daigo Higa. Although the poster isn't the most interesting or the most exciting it does do a great job in making Nishida look like a star, and that is probably the key here, rather than promoting the show.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.